Highlights

Evaluating efficiency gains from tenancy reform targeting a heterogeneous group of sharecroppers: Evidence from India (with Takashi Kurosaki and Saumik Paul), Center for Economic Institutions Working Paper Series No. 2016-10, 2016. Download
This paper reevaluates the effect of a tenancy reform, popularly known as Operation Barga, on agricultural productivity in West Bengal, India. We employ a transparent empirical strategy based on synthetic control. We focus on the varying intensity of Operation Barga across West Bengal districts by comparing the districts’ agricultural productivity with that of counterfactual districts using the synthetic control approach. Concerns over agro-climatic diversity and the recorded history of land reforms were also addressed while creating counterfactual districts. We find robust empirical evidence of a negligible effect on agricultural productivity growth. Next, we consider a theoretical framework to estimate the potential gains from Operation Barga in light of several types of sharecroppers. Consistent with the empirical findings, we conclude that the capacity of Operation Barga to enhance agricultural productivity is heavily constrained by the heterogeneity of sharecroppers in terms of wealth and livelihood structure.

Working papers

Evaluating efficiency gains from tenancy reform targeting a heterogeneous group of sharecroppers: Evidence from India (with Takashi Kurosaki and Saumik Paul), Center for Economic Institutions Working Paper Series No. 2016-10, 2016. Download; Abstract

The effects of the three-point rule in individual sports: Evidence from chess (with Lee Yoong Hon and Kung Ming Tiong), MPRA Paper No. 71060, 2016. Download; Abstract

Does education increase political participation? Evidence from Indonesia, MPRA Paper No. 70326, 2016. Download; Abstract

Social health insurance improves women’s healthcare use: Evidence from Indonesia (with Shanika Samarakoon), MPRA Paper No. 61504, 2015. Download; Abstract

Investors are unwilling to pay for corporate social responsibility activities: Evidence from India’s Companies Act 2013 (with Saumik Paul), MPRA Paper No. 61360, 2015. Download; Abstract

Journal articles

Does education improve health? Evidence from Indonesia, Journal of Development Studies, forthcoming. Download; Working Paper; Abstract

Do Islamic banks shift from mark-up to equity financing when their contracting environments are improved? (with Nafis Alam), Applied Economics Letters, forthcoming. Download; Working Paper; Abstract

What happen to children’s education when their parents emigrate? Evidence from Sri Lanka (with Vengadeshvaran Sarma), International Journal of Educational Development, 46, 94-102, 2016. Download; Working Paper; Abstract

Does the three-point rule make soccer more exciting? Evidence from a regression discontinuity design (with Lee Yoong Hon), Journal of Sports Economics, 17(4), 377-395, 2016. Download (open access); Working Paper; Abstract

Children and maternal migration: Evidence from exogenous variations in family size (with Vengadeshvaran Sarma), Applied Economics Letters, 22(15), 1184-1187, 2015. Download; Working Paper; Abstract

The effects of the intensity, timing, and persistence of personal history of mobility on support for redistribution (with Andrew Dabalen and Saumik Paul), Economics of Transition, 23(3), 565-595, 2015. Download; Working Paper; Abstract

Does education empower women? Evidence from Indonesia (with Shanika Samarakoon), World Development, 66, 428-442, 2015. Download (open access); Working Paper; Abstract

Do children spend too much time in schools? Evidence from a longer school year in Indonesia, Economics of Education Review, 41, 89-104, 2014. Download (open access); Working Paper; Abstract

Books

Electronics industry in Malaysia (with Shandre M. Thangavelu). In: Findlay, C., ed., ASEAN and regional free trade agreements. Routledge, 256-296, 2015. Amazon; Website; Description

Exchange rate, monetary and financial issues and policies in Asia (with Ramkishen S. Rajan and Shandre M. Thangavelu), World Scientific, 2008. Google Book; Amazon; Website; Description

Conference papers

Evaluating efficiency gains from tenancy reform targeting a aeterogeneous group of sharecroppers: Evidence from India (with Takashi Kurosaki and Saumik Paul, the 12th Annual Conference on Economic Growth and Development, 2016, New Delhi.

The effects of English as a medium of instruction on education and earnings (with Kian Ong), Indonesian Regional Science Association (IRSA) Insitute 2016, Malang; the 15th International Convention of the East Asian Economic Association, 2016, Bandung.

Does education increase political participation? Evidence from Indonesia, Indonesian Regional Science Association (IRSA) Insitute 2015, Denpasar.

Social health insurance improves women's healthcare use: Evidence from Indonesia (with Shanika Samarakoon), 2015 Australian Conference of Economists, Brisbane.

Married men with children may stop working when their wives emigrate to work: Evidence from Sri Lanka (with Vengadeshvaran Sarma), CSAE Conference 2015: Economic Development in Africa, Oxford.

Does education empower women? Evidence from Indonesia (with Shanika Samarakoon), Econometric Society Australasian and Australian Conference of Economists Meeting 2014, Hobart.

Did the three-point rule make soccer more exciting? Evidence from a regression discontinuity design (with Lee Yoong Hon), Singapore Economic Review Conference 2013, Singapore.

The effects of education on health: Evidence from a regression discontinuity design, The 42nd Australian Conference of Economists, 2013, Perth.